20 baserunners, as a matter of fact – 12 hits and 8 walks.
In the rubber game of their three-game set with the Red Sox, the Yankees didn’t find effective pitching until midway through the 6th inning, after they had already surrendered 7 runs. Chase Whitley allowed 5 Earned over 4+ innings, while Shawn Kelley, who entered in the 5th, had the line of the night – 0 IP, 2 ER, 2 BB, H.
The Yankees looked to be keeping pace early on, answering a towering 3-run bomb from David Ortiz in the 3rd with three runs of their own in the following two innings – two of those coming on Mark Teixeira and Carlos Beltran homers.
It was in the 5th that things began to change. There was a curious play with runners on the corners – David Huff had Dustin Pedroia picked off at first, and Brian Roberts ran him back to first base, while checking Daniel Nava at third. Despite having a decent look at what Nava was doing, Roberts decided to get the out at first instead of saving the run and conceding first back to Pedroia. That made it 7-3.
Then, in the bottom of the 6th, the Yankees again made a crucial error. With 1 out, down three runs, Rob Thomson sent 37 year-old Carlos Beltran around third on a Kelly Johnson single to Center, who was handily thrown out by the above-average arm of Jackie Bradley Jr. Via our own Katie Sharp, the Yankees are the worst in the American League when it comes to these situations. Beltran’s run, if it scored later in the inning, would have made it 8-6. Instead, the frame closed with the score 8-5. That’d be it for scoring.
Dellin Betances was great, as always, throwing 20 pitches over 2 perfect innings (aside from one Sac Fly not charged to him). David Ortiz, now 0/3 career against him with 2 K’s, told me afterwards “That kid’s nasty, man. He’s got good stuff. And I’m old. He’s abusing of the old league. God bless him.”
Matt Thornton also added a perfect inning with 2 strikeouts, and Jose Ramirez finished the game with a couple of impressive strikeouts of Ortiz and Mike Napoli.
The Yankees get back to work tomorrow night as they start a three-game series at home with the Rays.